Lady Amelia has only known the comfort of life in mid-eighteenth century English aristocracy. But when her father dies, she finds herself alone, grief stricken and not of age. Her appointed guardian, an American uncle, has ordered her to move to America, where she must remain until she comes of age.
With the help of Grace and Sarah, Amelia gets her uncle to agree to give her four weeks to settle her affairs and unbeknownst to him…find an English lord to marry. Despite her mourning period, she endeavors to trap one of London's eligible bachelors in matrimony so she can remain in her beloved England.
The Duke of Goldstone is devilishly handsome, but a Scottish Duke is entirely unacceptable as a husband. After all, Scotland is not her beloved England. He has a nasty habit of showing up at all the wrong moments and thwarting her carefully laid plans to ensnare a suitable husband. Sparks fly as the pair find themselves at odds with each other and drawn to each other at the same time. Can they stop arguing long enough to explore their growing passion?
Easy, light reading.
As far as shorter books go this one was paced fairly well, however the relationship between the two main characters seemed lacking any real depth—something a longer story might have resolved. They simply didn’t seem believably in love, maybe in lust at most.
Sadly, the author’s knowledge of the regency era was barely passable. The dialogue was either too modern or entirely too cliché—and don’t get me started on the “Scottish” duke’s accent, or complete lack thereof. The only indication of his accent was halfway through the book when he randomly said “lass” a few times, otherwise his dialogue was written exactly as the others’. Even the peasant they encountered during a fire had referred to him as “my lord” until the last interaction when suddenly they switched to calling him “me lord”. Why??
The writing style had many inconsistencies such as the beginning mainly being from the lady’s perspective, to a couple chapters in giving the duke a few pages from his own perspective, to switching back entirely to the lady’s perspective for the remainder of the book. It would have been better to either write the story fully from only her perspective or make the story about both of them and expound more on the duke’s backstory and his side of their romance. Also, entirely too much “grinning” going on…creepy.
Overall, the storyline itself could have been considered clever, but the writing didn’t do anything to make it interesting or captivating. The characters were forgettable, the romance was unromantic (just kissing and a sex scene, but no actual feelings beyond bodily urges), and the background characters were little more than props.
Waste of time to read, and doesn’t speak well to the rest of the series. I certainly wouldn’t pay to read more after that underwhelming beginning.
This book was somewhat a good read but all of the “grinning” and “smirking” along with the heroine’s immaturity were rather hard to get through.